July 2018 – Getting back up to speed

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After a disappointing June 2018 month, we managed to get back up to speed in July 2018. We had some strong savings this month. Nothing extraordinary, but pretty good still. We were able to increase our net worth significantly.

Since today is Swiss national day, Happy National Day to all my Swiss readers.

We went to Orléans one week this month. I also spent one week in the army. It was my last five days to serve in the army! Other than that, nothing special happened. It was a good month overall. Let’s go into the details now :)

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Target Retirement Funds – Too Much Simplicity?

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We have talked about many things now in the Investing Guide for Beginners series. We have covered index funds in details. Finally, we have covered several portfolios such as the Three-Fund portfolio and its variants and a few other lazy portfolios. But there is something we have not covered yet. It is the Target Retirement Funds.

A Target Retirement Fund is like an automated portfolio in itself. It is a fund of funds with some allocation to bonds. And the allocation to bonds is changing over time as the time of retirement is approaching.

Many people are investing for retirement. They may know for instance that they want to retire in 20 years. Given that and their age, it is likely that their allocation to bonds will increase over the years until retirement. Most people will do that by changing their allocation every few years. Either by rebalancing or by injection of new capital. But there is another way. Target Retirement Funds will automatically change their bond allocation over time.

In this post, I am going to cover Target Retirement Funds. We are going to see what is good with them and what is not.

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Keep Investing Simple with More Lazy Portfolios

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This post is part 8 of 8 in the series Investing – All about investing.

In the previous post of the Investing series, we discovered the Three-Fund Portfolio and its variants. It is a simple portfolio made of only three funds. It is really simple to manage yet very effective and diversified. We also saw the two-fund and one-fund portfolio. They are even more simple and yet have many advantages. But there are more lazy portfolios that are available.

People have proposed many more portfolios over the years. In this new post, I am going to cover more of these portfolios. They are called lazy portfolios because they are all using index funds. And you can kee the allocation of the different funds for many years. Instead of choosing stocks, which is difficult, you choose stock funds or bond funds. You can either use mutual funds or Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) depending on what you prefer and what you have access to.

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The Three Fund Portfolio Makes Investing Simple

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This post is part 7 of 7 in the series Investing – All about investing.

In the previous posts of the Investing series, we have covered the basics of the stocks and bonds. We also have covered index funds, in the form of mutual funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). You should now have a good idea of how you want to invest. The problem that remains is how to invest! One solution to this problem is the Three-Fund-Portfolio.

This is a very important question and one that you should spend some time thinking about. There is no one-size-fits-all investment in my opinion. There are many kinds of investment that work. For some of them, you will need some knowledge and time to make it work. The three-fund portfolio is a very simple portfolio made of three funds that should work for most people.

In this post, we are going to cover two things. How much bonds you should have and what is the Three-Fund Portfolio. Since there are also some direct variations of the three-fund portfolio, I am also going to cover them!

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Our trip to Orléans, France – Beautiful City

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In 2018, we went to Orléans in France. I went there to present a paper for some work that I did at my previous company. The presentation was five days, but the first day was only starting late in the night. Friday was finished in the morning. And Thursday was social tours by the conference. So we had quite some time for us. That is why Mrs. The Poor Swiss decided to come around as a small vacation.

All around, it was a great trip in a really beautiful city. We had a great time. I wanted to share this travel for you. And also share some of the pictures we took :)

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11 Things I Love about Switzerland – Beautiful Country

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Last week, I published a list of things I hate about Switzerland. Even though there are some things I really dislike about Switzerland, I love living in Switzerland. In this post, I am going to list the things I really love about Switzerland. While there was only 5 things in my hate list, there are 11 in my love list :) And there are not the only things I love about Switzerland. This tells you that I really have many more things I like about it than things I do not like.

Before you read what I love about Switzerland, you should be aware of my situation :) You have to remember that I live in the Swiss countryside. I live in a very small village. And I do not like cities. Some people like cities more than villages. But I would hate living in a city. I also like hiking a lot and I like being outside. This will be reflected in some of the things I like the most about Switzerland.

Below, you will find 11 things I love about Switzerland. They have almost nothing to do with money. And they are in no particular order ;)

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Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Arbitrage

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We have already covered Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) in details. Earlier, I have mentioned that ETFs used arbitrage to follow closely the price of the index. If the price of the stocks in the index goes up, the price of the ETF should follow. And if the price of the stocks goes down, the price of the ETF should follow as well. But if the price of the ETF goes up because of stock market trading, something should correct the price quickly. This is where arbitrage plays a big role.

In this post, we are going to see how Exchange Traded Funds are created. And also what is arbitrage? How it makes sure the price of ETF stay in sync with the price of the index. It is a bit of a complicated subject. But I think it is important to know exactly how a financial instrument is working before investing in it.

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5 Bad Things I Hate about Switzerland

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No country is perfect. I am sure you can relate to that with your own country. It is the same for me and Switzerland. While I really like Switzerland and I plan, and hope, to spend all my life here, there are some things I really do not like about it. In this post, I am going to discuss the five things I hate about Switzerland.

I am not about to leave Switzerland and I hope I will never have to. I also wrote about the things I love about Switzerland! There are more things I like than things I hate. But I think it is important to realize that no country is perfect. Some things should definitely be improved in Switzerland.

Of course, these things will probably be different from one person to another. I know that there are some things on the list that some people like. Please tell me what you do not like about Switzerland in the comment!

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MBudget Mini and Maxi Promotion – Twice More Monthly Data

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I have had Migros MBudget mobile plan for about a year now. And I have just seen that Migros started a very nice offer on their MBudget Mini and MBudget Maxi mobile plan. You can now get twice more mobile data each month for free. I think it is a great offer. So I wanted to share this offer with you! I hope many of you can profit from this awesome offer!

From July 1st to August 31st, you get twice more data for one year. For the same price! This is also working for current customers! My monthly data allowance just got doubled from 600Mo to 1.2Go :)

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Index Replication in Details – ETFs and Mutual Funds

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In the previous post of the Investing Guide for Beginners, we talked about Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Before that, we talked about mutual funds. In both these two cases, we focused, especially on passive index funds. Index funds are replicating an existing stock market index. For instance, the SP&500 index is replicated by many mutual funds and many ETFs. In this post, we are going to focus on index replication.

There are several different ways of replicating an index. There is physical index replication and synthetic index replication. It is important to know how funds are replicating the index. If you want to make a good choice between the different ETFs and mutual funds that exist, it is important to know the different ways they are using for replicating the index.

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